Virtual Coaching Certification


From March 26 to August 6, 2020 (6 months)




The certification offered by The Goldvarg Consulting Group is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as ACSTH (Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours). It is designed to develop coaching skills and provide professional services worldwide.


Our program is designed to train participants to develop coaching skills. By the end of the program, participants are able to understand and apply ICF Core Coaching Competencies and enhance their personal and work effectiveness Topics covered include: Coaching Agreement, Building a Partnership, Communication Skills, Coaching Presence, Cultural Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology. The program includes coaching practice and work with a mentor coach who provides feedback from recorded sessions. Potential certification participants include: human resource partners, training, and organizational development professionals, leaders, and managers.


Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D., Master Certified Coach will be the lead coach on this program. He is the Principal of The Goldvarg Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that works with Fortune 100 companies as well as with local community based organizations in Los Angeles County, offering services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Dr. Goldvarg has twenty years of consulting experience as a trainer and in developing leaders and empowering people at their workplaces.  He provides services in: executive assessment and coaching, organizational assessment and intervention, leadership training, performance feedback, and group facilitation. His other areas of expertise include communication skills, conflict resolution, behavioral interviewing, team building, and time management.

He has worked in more than forty countries and with different levels of management. He has worked in the past with many Fortune 100 companies in Latin America and local Non-profit organizations in Los Angeles County.   He is the Global Chair of the International Coach Federation Board of Directors.

Program Agenda

The program lasts 80 hours with the following components:

1. Webinars (Total: 32 hours in 16 sessions of 2 hours each for 4 months) Thursdays at 4.00 PM PST starting on September 5, 2019.
Participants have to attend to 80% of the classes to receive the certification of attendance.

2. Readings (Total: 12 hrs)
Participants need to plan to spend an average of 1hr. per week for readings, 16 hours total. This program will assign readings from three (3) texts.
• Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Greaves, J., Lencioni, P. TalentSmart. (2009).
• Professional Coaching Competencies, by Goldvarg, Matthews, and Perel (2018).
• Language and the Pursuit of Happiness. C. Brothers. New Possibilities Press (2005).

3. Individual Mentor Coaching Sessions (Total: 6 hrs)
The individual sessions are an additional ICF certification requirement. Participants complete these individual sessions with a certified mentor coach. These mentor coaching sessions must be arranged individually based on mutual availability.

4. Coaching Practice (Total: 15 hrs.)
To assist participants in building their coaching skills, they have to schedule 5 coaching sessions with at least 3 individuals for a total of at least 15 hours. These hours count towards the 100 hours of certification required for ICF ACC – Associate Certified Coach Credential.

5. Individual Coaching Sessions (Total 5 hrs.)
Participants will receive coaching from program graduates to understand how coaching works and experience being a coachee before working professionally as a coach.

6. Group Mentor Coaching (Total 10 hrs.)
Participants meet in small groups four times for 2. 5 hours each, to practice and receive feedback from a Mentor Coach.

7. Coaching Supervision (Total 5 hrs.)
Participants meet with a supervisor to explore personal experiences, emotional reactions, ethical dilemmas, and reflect on their work as new coaches.

Program Fees
$5,000. Includes Mentor Coaching.


Program Policies

Organizational mission and vision for being a coach education provider.

We have been providing coaching certification programs for ten years closely aligned to ICF Core competencies framework and professional and ethical standards. Our mission is to provide excellent coaching, mentor coaching, and coaching supervision training to prepare very effective and ethical professional coaches.

Our vision is to support the development of extraordinary coaches committed to making the world a better place.


Learning philosophy that guides delivery and accreditation management.  

Our philosophy embraces ICF values of excellence, respect, integrity, and collaboration. We follow adult learning models and treat students as peers that bring to their training their life experiences and wisdom that can be leveraged during the learning process. Our programs are very interactive and we focus on global participation and give priority to diversity and equity issues. The programs are developed around ICF competencies. Each class focuses on one competency

Disability/Discrimination/DEIJ statement

Goldvarg Consulting Group does not discriminate based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or disability.  We provide services that bring awareness of the importance of equity and embracing differences.

Complaint/Grievance Policy

If any client has a complaint needs to write a letter explaining the concerns to the President, Damian Goldvarg, at

Participant/Participant Enrollment Agreement

Participants receive a contract they need to sign that explains all program requirements and adherence to ethical and professional behaviors.

Completion policy

Participants receive in the contract clear guidance about completion. They need to attend 75% of interactive sessions, finish mentor coaching sessions, practice with clients and perform the assessment at the end to complete the program.

Payment/Fees policy(s)

Participants may split payments in monthly installments but need to finish paying the whole program to receive the certification.

Refund policy and Transfer of Credit policy.

A refund is offered in case of personal circumstances such as illness or economic hardship.  We don´t offer refunds after attending half of the program. We also offer the possibility to participate in the next program if a participant needs to stop participating before arriving at half of the program.

Road to Certification

In order to follow the ACSTH path to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), participants will need to:
• Submit Coaching Tools Certificate of Completion to ICF (you will receive the certificate after completing all program requirements). • Log a minimum of 100 hours of client coaching experience (Coaching Tools Certification will fulfill thefirst 15 hours towards this requirement). • Complete the Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA). • Submit a fee of $300 to ICF ($100 if you are an ICF member).
Please see ICF website ( for further details on ACC application requirements.


Please see ICF website for further details on ACC application requirements.